RPQ500 Mic Preamp & R88 mk2 Stereo Mic Review / Tape Op
"The RPQ500 has magic inside. I had tried the R88 Mk2 with tons of other preamps while I was waiting for my own RPQ500 modules to arrive. The mic sounded great, but a whole new thing seems to happen when it feeds an RPQ500 pair! Take your favorite Shure SM57 or Sennheiser MD 409 on a twin, and plug it into the RPQ; you'll see what I mean. The mics open up, CurveShaper adds air without harshness, and the detail is amazing. No surprise - Wes and company have managed to define the 500-series ribbon mic preamp that also brings out the best of any mic."
R88 mk2 Stereo Mic Review / Tape Op
"If you have a pulse and have been making records during the last few decades, then you are aware that Wes Dooley and Audio Engineering Associates have been making the finest ribbon mics available. I bought two R84 mics [Tape Op #38] when I opened my joint, based on reputation alone, despite my modest equipment budget. Years later, a friend contacted me to tell me that Wes was looking for a studio to do a ribbon mic workshop. I jumped at the chance."
A840 Ribbon Mic Review / Tape Op
"AEA makes some of the world's finest ribbons mics, including their recreation of the RCA 44-BX (the AEA R44) and their groundbreaking active A440, which carry hefty price tags. Wes Dooley, the founder of AEA, wanted to create affordable alternatives for us "married guys" who have obligations that sometimes take precedence over our gear lust. Enter the A840, which shares the trademarked Big Ribbon design with its elite ancestors, and the lighter and more open body design of the passive AEA R84 [Tape Op #38]. As an active mic, the A840 contains a JFET line- driver/buffer that does not provide any gain, but allows the mic to work well with long cables and virtually all mic preamp impedances. Additionally, the A840 contains a high-ratio Lundahl transformer, which provides a significant amount of gain so that the mic produces a signal level that equals that of most studio condensers."
RPQ500 Mic Preamp Review / Sound on Sound
"If you have an API 500-series rack and a collection of passive ribbon mics you'd like to get the best from, an AEA RPQ500 is close to being a no-brainer purchase — and more than one is something well worth considering. If you don't have a collection of ribbon mics, it's still a worthy purchase as a great mic-line preamp and a quality high-boost EQ in its own right."
RPQ Mic Preamp Review / Mix
"This mic preamp is a joy to use. Its clean design reveals exactly what's going on with your transducer, which can be a bummer if you're using a lower priced mic—you'll hear the noise and off-axis inaccuracies with stunning detail. On the plus side, if you're using a higher-end mic in a great room, the preamp gets out of the way, giving you all that your front end offers."